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Crisis in the Middle East: 8 Palestinians Arrested in Mob Killing of Israeli SoldiersAired October 18, 2000 - 9:04 a.m. ET
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BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: Want to take you overseas right now. We continue to gather new information just about every hour on the hour out of the Middle East. There is new word now that the Israelis have arrested a few suspects, Palestinian suspects, in connection with the murder of Israeli soldiers from last week.
Ben Wedeman by telephone now from the Middle East. Actually Ben is with us live now from Jerusalem to bring us up to date.
Ben, what do we know?
BEN WEDEMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, Bill, according to Israeli security sources, Israeli undercover units entered the area of Ramallah on the West Bank and captured eight Palestinians who are suspected of participating in the killing last Thursday of those two Israeli soldiers.
Of course that killing is what sparked the Israeli helicopter attacks on targets within Ramallah.
Now apparently, according to these intelligence sources, they were acting upon information they received regarding the hiding places of these Palestinians, Israeli military undercover units entered Ramallah, apprehended the suspects, and brought them back to Israel for trial.
The Israeli defense forces, the Israeli army, has declined to comment on this report. But we have also heard from Palestinian security sources, that they confirmed that several young Palestinians have been missing since early morning in Ramallah -- Bill.
HEMMER: Ben, in addition to that, this cease-fire arrangement that was worked out in Sharm el-Sheikh, where does that stand today?
WEDEMAN: There appear to be scattered clashes across the West Bank and also in Gaza. The agreement is only 24 hours old. I may be taking time to go into effect. So we can't conclude at this point whether the Sharm el-Sheikh agreement is actually working or not. These clashes are ongoing we are hearing from the West Bank and Gaza, but we're also hearing talks have taken place between senior Israeli and Palestinian security officers, who are trying to apparently put a lid on the situation at the moment. But obviously, after nearly three weeks of violence, the situation is difficult to bring under control. HEMMER: Indeed, Ben Wedeman from Jerusalem. Thank you, Ben.
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